Black beans and chocolate belong together
Ah, chocolate. The Aztecs may have been the first on record to make the connection between the cocoa bean and sexual desire: the emperor Montezuma supposedly consumed the bean in excessive amounts to fuel his romantic liaisons. True, he may not have enjoyed Black Bean Chocolate Brownies, but if someone had offered them to him, he surely would.
Can brownies be healthy?
There aren’t really many ways you can go wrong with chocolate. As you know, it’s an aphrodisiac of legendary repute. (Learn more about the aphrodisiac properties of chocolate.)
However, there are always ways to make it more right. I took your typical recipe for brownies and gave it a little healthier makeover by taking out that pesky flour and using nutrient-dense black beans. The result is a moist, delicious batch of Black Bean Chocolate Brownies.
What’s to love about beans?
I swear, it works, guys. Black beans are not only high in fiber and anti-oxidants, they are great for your waistline! They digest slowly in your body, keeping you feeling fuller longer and they’re low in sugar, which prevents the insulin in your blood stream from spiking and making you hungry. They’re kind of a perfect food. And mix them with chocolate and then add more chocolate? Get outta here.
- 2 cups cooked black beans (or 1 can rinsed and drained)
- 3 eggs
- 1/3 cup melted butter or coconut oil
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips at least 70% cacao
- 1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts optional
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. In a food processor bowl or blender, combine the black beans, eggs, melted butter or oil, cocoa powder, vanilla, and honey. Pulse or blend until smooth, or as smooth as you can get it.
- Grease an 8x8-inch glass baking dish. Pour the batter into the greased dish. Sprinkle chocolate chips and nuts (if using) over the top and use a spatula to push them down into the batter just a little (not too much though, they'll sink a little bit while the brownies bake).
- Bake at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes, until brownies are set in the middle. Watch the edges for excess browning if you're not sure they're done.
Cool and then chill before serving! Store in an airtight container in the fridge and only share with those deserving.
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